Understanding Important Court Volleyball Positions And Who Plays Them

These court volleyball positions describe the 5 player positions on a team with descriptions of roles for setter, outside hitter, libero and middle blocker.

Court Volleyball Positions: The volleyball defensive player known as the libero specializes in playing defense in any of the three zones in the back court. (Denis Wright)Court Volleyball Positions: The volleyball defensive player known as the libero specializes in playing defense in any of the three zones in the back court. (Denis Wright)


Which court volleyball positions do you specialize in? There are five important player positions on a team that players usually specialize in


Let em explain the role that each of them plays so you can decide which one is best for you. 


Court Volleyball Positions -
The Setter Position in Volleyball


The volleyball setter's goal is to exploit the weaknesses in the opposing team's block and defense. 



The setter's job is to outsmart the opposing team's block so that her hitters hit the ball with the least number of opposing blockers trying to block their spike attempts.



I think the setter volleyball position is one of the hardest positions to play because they have to remember what works and what doesn't.

They have to feed the ball to the hottest hitter making points on their team while making sure they keep from setting the ball to the hitter that has the best opposing block in front of them.


Court Volleyball Positions -
The Libero Position in Volleyball


Court Volleyball Positions: Why Does A Libero Wear A Different Color Jersey?


If you were curious as to why one of the players always has a different color jersey than their teammates, that's to identify them to the referee, as to which player is the libero.

The libero's volleyball jersey is always in contrasting colors to that of her teammates since she only plays in the back row.


The libero volleyball player goes in and out of the game without being substituted in so to differentiate them from the other players they wear a contrasting color jersey. 


Is The Libero Volleyball Position One of The Best Court Volleyball Positions To Play?


If you're one of  the shortest or the quickest players on your team, the libero volleyball position is one of the good volleyball positions on the court which could be a great option for you to aspire to play.

What does it take to make a good libero?

You can really make a huge difference on your team in this position especially if you have

Also being a starting libero guarantees you plenty of playing time during each game.


Court Volleyball Positions -
The Middle Blocker Position in Volleyball


How Do You Become A Good Middle Blocker in Volleyball?


Following a pattern called "Ball-Setter-Ball-Hitter" the middle blocker's job is to track the ball from the passer to the setter for clues as to which one of the hitters the setter's going to set.

Once the middle figures it out, they track the ball that's been set, by moving laterally along the net with a set number of block steps to position themselves in front of the hitter and then time their block jump in a way to stop whatever attack hit is coming. 



The player in the middle blocker volleyball position is


Court Volleyball Positions -
Outside Hitter Position

Court Volleyball Positions - Left sides are called "cannons" because their offensive position is the furthest away from the setter, but they are often the hardest hitters on the team who score the most.Court Volleyball Positions - Left sides are called "cannons" because their offensive position is the furthest away from the setter, but they are often the hardest hitters on the team who score the most.



Left sides are called the "cannons" because even though they play their offensive position the furthest away from the setter, they are quite often the hardest hitters on the team.


Court Volleyball Positions - The "outside hitter," pin hitter or "the cannon" gets set the ball often usually as the third and last contact allowed for a team. (Al Case)Court Volleyball Positions - The "outside hitter," pin hitter or "the cannon" gets set the ball often usually as the third and last contact allowed for a team. (Al Case)


Many times these aren't perfect sets, so a left side hitter puts in hours of training to hit imperfect sets, so that they can still score points or hit sideouts off the sets that aren't right where they are supposed to be.


For some, left side hitters are referred to as "vacuum cleaners" because its their job to clean up all the trash.



Court Volleyball Positions - 
Opposite Hitter


First, because the right side hitter becomes the right side blocker when her team is on defense, she is lined up to block the left side hitter of the opposite team.

Many times the opposite hitter is just as tall as the middle blocker since her priority is to stop the strong opposing team's left side hitter.



Understanding Important Volleyball Court Positions And Who Plays Them by Coach April ChappleUnderstanding Important Volleyball Court Positions And Who Plays Them by Coach April Chapple

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Understanding Important Court Volleyball Positions And Who Plays Them. These court volleyball positions describe the 5 player positions on a team with descriptions of roles for setter, outside hitter, libero and middle blocker.Understanding Important Court Volleyball Positions And Who Plays Them. These court volleyball positions describe the 5 player positions on a team with descriptions of roles for setter, outside hitter, libero and middle blocker.


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